What you need to know about Her Majesty’s Theatre:
There’s been a theatre on the site of Her Majesty’s Theatre since 1705, when the Queen’s Theatre opened. Since then, the name has been changed according to the gender of the monarch. It was first named Her Majesty’s when Queen Victoria was on the throne. Aside from the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, this makes it the venue with the longest continuous association with theatres in London.
Its current, rather ornate incarnation came about thanks to the Victorian actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who not only helped to design it but also laid the foundation stone for the theatre.
As a venue, it has a long-standing history of staging operas, having hosted the premieres of works by some of the world’s most famous composers. Due to its spacious stage, it became a popular venue for staging musical theatre. Now it combines the two strands of its history as the home of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera. One of the most celebrated and best-loved musicals ever created, Phantom opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986. The packed house that it plays to at almost every performance suggests they’re unlikely to be waving goodbye to the show anytime soon.
Top facts about Her Majesty’s Theatre:
- In a fitting link with the show currently running at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, the venue has long had a link with opera. It hosted the first Mozart opera ever to be heard in London, along with the London premieres of Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute.
- The theatre was destroyed by fire twice, first in 1789 and then again 1867.
- When Herbert Beerbohm Tree re-opened the theatre, he designed it with a special flat for his own use. It was situated under the copper dome of the roof. He ended up hosting drama lessons there, and the venue later became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Key information about Her Majesty’s Theatre:
Tube: The closest tube stations are either Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines) or Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern lines). Both are little more than a five minute walk from the theatre.
Train: Charing Cross station on The Strand is served by Southeastern trains and is a 10 minute walk from the theatre.
Bus: Bus numbers 6, 13, 15, 23, 139, 159 and 453 all travel close to the theatre. Check the Transport for London website to plan your journey.
Q-Park car parks can be found at:
Chinatown – 20 Newport Place, WC2H 7PR
Soho – Poland Street, W1F 7NQ
Trafalgar Square – Spring Gardens, SW1A 2TS
Leicester Square – Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DT
Q-Park offers discounted parking for ticket-holders visiting participating West End theatres. Her Majesty’s is part of the Q-Park Theatreland Parking Scheme.
NCP car parks can be found at:
Shaftesbury – Selkirk House, Museum Street, WC1A 1JR
Covent Garden – Parker Street, WC2B 5NT
The closest car park to the theatre is: Q-Park Trafalgar Square.
The foyer area of Her Majesty’s Theatre is accessible to wheelchair users from street level. However, to get into the Stalls area of the auditorium (where wheelchair users are advised to book), you will need to go to the side entrance of the theatre on Charles II Street. A member of staff will greet you at the door and show you to your seat. Please arrange this in advance through the access line number below.
The theatre has spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium, while there is an accessible toilet near the Charles II Street entrance.
Staff are happy to bring drinks and snacks to disabled ticket holders in their seats during the interval, as all the bar areas have steps leading up or down to them.
The theatre has an Infra-red hearing system. There is an induction loop available at the box office and headsets can be collected from the cloakroom near the Stalls bar.
Her Majesty’s Theatre welcomes working dogs. You can arrange for them to come into the auditorium with you (this isn’t allowed with audio described performances) or for a friendly member of staff to look after the dog in the manager’s office during the show.
To discuss access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 0844 124 648.
The theatre offers access discounts for disabled visitors and one companion on The Phantom Of The Opera tickets. Please contact the box office or access line to arrange these.
Her Majesty’s Theatre schedules signed, captioned and audio described shows for The Phantom Of The Opera. You can find details about these on the show’s website. Alternately, email [email protected] or telephone 0844 482 5165.
Her Majesty’s Theatre has a selection of bars where visitors can buy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and small snacks before the show and during an interval. Please note they do not have facilities for sit-down eating. If you are looking for somewhere to dine, we suggest Chinatown, Soho or Leicester Square areas where a lot of the restaurants offer pre-theatre menus.